(Korla, Xinjiang—March 1, 2017) Police tore into two house churches in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province on Sunday, destroying church material and speculating about beating those gathered there.
A church service of 21 people convened at the home of Kong Lingrong for a church service on Feb. 19, when officials broke into the meeting, dispersed those in attendance, and dragged Kong to the police station for asking questions, along with several of the others present. As they searched through the home, one of the officers asked for permission to beat the Christians.
Additionally, they warned the Christians never to hold a service again, and told Kong that any group larger than three people could be considered an illegal gathering.
For the past six years, authorities have targeted Kong, even expelling her son from his middle school because he refused to give up his faith. Through the work of human rights lawyers and the pressure of international society, he was allowed to return to school.
On the same day as the raid, officials broke into the home of Mei Yunhua, a Christian woman who lives near Kong. The house was empty, but the Christians who gather there were told never to meet again. Additionally, they ripped Christian materials off her door and cut off the water and electric supply.
China Aid reports abuses, such as those suffered by Kong and Mei, in order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.